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2809995 - Error: 'Proposed canvas size is too small for existing components' while running / editing ORD or Canvas reports


You receive the following error message while attempting run or edit ORD (Canvas) Reports:

Proposed canvas size is too small for existing components


  • SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite
    • Online Report Designer
    • Report Center - Canvas Reports
  • SAP SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics
    • Online Report Designer

Reproducing the Issue

Run or Edit the affected Report


The Report's canvas size was set to something smaller than the combined dimensions of all the report components used in it.


  1. Edit the affected Report and then the affected page
  2. Click 'Edit page properties' under the 'page Properties' section from the bottom left corner of the screen
  3. if the 'Contrain to paper size' option is checked, uncheck it
  4. Increase the Width and Height of the 'Canvas Size' section in steps of 100 and click 'Ok'
  5. Repeat step 5 until the error disappears
  6. Resize the report components to size as small as possible
  7. Navigate back to the Page Properties and set the desired size constraints to the canvas size, along with the required orientation and margins
  8. Click OK to come back to the canvas designer
  9. Now resize the report components again, in the desired manner


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